We are happy that from Saturday 20th, we are open for the local community to visit us on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm. We are operating a one way system around the site which, in our trial on Sunday, people said was ‘fun’, ‘like doing a maze’!
On Thursdays and Fridays, the site will be reserved for gardening volunteering. (Members of the public who wish to buy or pick up pre-ordered plants and produce will be able to pop into the shop outside the Upper Greenhouse but they won’t be able to visit the rest of the site.)
Volunteering – if you have had your induction as a BPCG volunteer, please sign up for a 3 hour volunteering session on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday here. Before booking a slot and coming along, please read and make sure you adhere to our code of conduct during Covid here.
If you have not yet had your BPCG volunteer induction, please sign up for a session here
Needed – can you help us raise funds for BPCG by running our shop for a couple of hours on Saturdays or Sundays. If you do the shop for two hours, we can make sure you get at least one hour’s gardening in too! If you can help with the shop, please indicate when you book your volunteering slot. We will make sure you are fully briefed on how to run the till and on the plants and produce you are selling. It’s fun!
Also Needed – have you had any clear outs during Lockdown? We are looking for any tea cups or little mugs etc. about 7cm wide and 7cm high that you could give to us for us to pot up succulents into. They don’t need drainage holes. If you spot any in charity shops, please snap them up and bring them in if they cost less than 50p and you think they will look cute with a succulent in them. We will reimburse you of course.Thanks!
Garden jobs this week are: We have to cut back the vigorous Virginia Creeper from the lower garden decking canopy and check the canopy mechanism is working fine. We also have to paint wood preservative on the handrails of the lower garden staging, and on the pond staging.
All the soft fruit plants need to go into the cold frames to clear the way for picking the boysenberries (a delicious fruit which is a result of Mr Boysen crossing 4 different berries in the 19th Century – the European raspberry (Rubus idaeus), European blackberry (Rubus fruticosus), American dewberry (Rubus aboriginum), and loganberry (Rubus × loganobaccus), the latter which is itself a cross between the North American blackberry (Rubus ursinus) and the European raspberry (Rubus idaeus). This year’s crop is stunning thanks to Dafydd’s diligent care. We will make a nice sign to celebrate the fascinating history of the Boysenberry!
On the theme of soft fruits, we are going to take green wood cuttings from two varieties of gooseberry, Pax and Invictor.
We need to check and harvest all gooseberries that are ripe – and check our walnuts to see if they are ready to be picked for pickling. If we leave it too long, the shells will have formed and the pickled walnuts will be crunchy with shell remnants – not nice! Other harvesting work is to harvest and bag up Cavolo Nero Kale for sale and for those volunteers who like it to take home.
We are going to finish off the irrigation system in the LGH by setting up the capillary matting.
We have dwarf french beans to plant out in the upper 4 crop bed legumes bed and we need to top up the squash bed and courgette bed with replacement plants.
Do listen to last Saturday’s BPCG Gardeners Question Time as Josh’s conversation with Nat Mady from Hackney Herbal was really interesting. Also if you know of anyone who has grown Tomatillo successfully this year, please get in touch with Josh on firstname.lastname@example.org as a BPCG friend has a single Tomatillo looking for a friend to conjoin with! Join us again at BPCG GQT this week at 2pm by clicking here. More details on the website here.
And for our other remote workshops such as Emma’s online singing group or Sally’s online yoga classes, find out more details here
Finally to help us raise funds for the charity, we would like to offer you the possibility of hiring our beautiful gardens for small private parties or functions. If this is something that interests you please reply to this email and we can send you more information.